Finally - The Thai Restuarant is Open.
So exciting. Finally we have a great Thai restaurant open on the island. They are in a 'soft open' phase right now, dinner is from 6 to 10 pm! The food is awesome... I ate there Saturday night and had the Tom Ka Gai (doubt I spelt it right ) soup, a tilapia dish and some great apps. LOVED IT. The place is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous interior... you'd never believe you were on island! 🙂
If you like Thai food, definitly try it out, its a great addition to the St. Croix list of great restaurants. The place is called GALANGAL (white ginger) and is located in town right accross from the fort!
The phone number for the restaurant is 773 0076 (may work by tonight). If not, for a short period of time the 690-1100 number may be used to make a reservation.
The restaurant is indeed owned by Arthur Mayer and Gregory Thomas. They owned the Cormorant (now the Palms) for several years and started out in St. Croix in the 80's with a sandwich shop in town. They spent a couple of months in asia this year, vietnam and thailand, gathering knowledge and expertise and some great decor!. They brought in a chef from Thailand last month to train their chefs in the finer points of thai cooking. All the work and planning they've put in has sure paid off . Its tough times to be opening a new business but I sure hope they do well as I can only think of one other food type I like as much as Thai... Indian... and we need the diversity here.
As for price, Pad Thai was less than 20.00 I believe. Most entree's are in the low 20s. Apps are in the 9.00 range. (That's by memory... don't quote me.) I'll try and get a menu to post.
Yes Juanita, it is a little easier to spot on foot.
marlene, from Sonya's current place, head toward the brew-pub/waterfront. It's about 1/2 block from Sonyas.
As someone reminded me (and this is the most common form of directions in STX), it's near where People's Drug store USED to be.
I think it is a hoot asking directions on St Croix. I was trying to find Poolworks one day so I called them and asked for directions but was unable to find them so that night at dinner at Rumrunners I asked one of the waiters if he knew where it was and here is what he said, "yeah I know the place I get all my fishing stuff there" (which at the time I thought was odd cause I thought it was a pool/spa place but...) anyway he went to say, " go to the light at the cop shop and turn down the roach coach road acroos from it and just keep going you won't think you are going anywhere but will be and if you keep going thats where it is." I thanked him and then spent the rest of dinner trying to figure out what he just said . But you know what. I found it.
We had dinner at Galangal tonight. It was really nice. The room is beautiful, we had a great dinner, our server Eric, seemed to be extremely knowledgeable, particularly considering it was his first day. We had a couple of Thai virgins with us, and he was able to answer all questions easily. They still don't have a full menu, but it was more than sufficient for us. We will definitely go back! I noticed they were turning away a lot of people, so do make a reservation.
We had 5 people...5 entrees, 2 apps, 1 dessert, 5 alcoholic beverages. Our total was $175, before tip.
Sorry, I totally forgot to look for the Thai iced tea.
I hate to rain on the parade but my husband and I actually had a VERY disappointing experience at Galangal. My husband called the restaurant Monday, 3/9 to possibly make reservations for two on my 25th birthday (3/14). At first, he was told that they were booked up because it was also the day of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in C'sted. So my husband planned to instead go to our favorite restaurant Salud Bistro...but they were closed for the parade:( We appreciate good food and service; it's one of reasons we go out to eat, especially on a special occasion. So the next day, Galangal called my husband and told him that they could fit us in for my 25th birthday (just the 2 of us). He made reservations on Tuesday 3/10 for Saturday 3/14 at 8:15 p.m.
We are both educators and students so we look forward to the times we go out to eat. The Galangal was a surprise for me. I had no idea that a restaurant was being built and did not know where he was taking me. When we arrived I noticed that there was a definite buzz in the air left over from the parade but the restaurant was beautiful. I loved everything about the decor. Sure the place was small, but it was very modern, elegant and gorgeous! I was excited about going to a brand new restaurant for my big day so when we were greeted and told our table wasn't ready yet, I didn't fret. We got to the restaurant at 8:10 so we were 5 minutes early and waited on a comfortable couch without hesitation. We thought because we had a reservation and that my husband mentioned it was my birthday, we would have no problem with anything.
Well...we were quite wrong. It got to be 8:15, then 8:20, then 8:30 and beyond...We were offered drinks on the house which was cool but we both sipped through them and my husband ended up getting two! The woman who was managing the restaurant just for that night was very accommodating by not charging us for the drinks and informing us every ten to fifteen minutes how much longer it would be. Another couple came into the restaurant around 8:20 and they also had reservations for two at 8:15 p.m. We waited and waited and we were FINALLY seated at 9 p.m.! We were starving because we only had breakfast and had been horseback riding all day, so 9 p.m. was too late...and we still had to order. But luckily enough we had already decided what we wanted to order while waiting on the couch for 45 minutes.
We were led to a table that was tightly sandwiched between two loud and busy tables because one large party of ten or so would not leave. The woman that was running the restaurant mentioned to us several times that they were the ones holding everything up and they had reservations but showed up 30 minutes late! The other couple that had an 8:15 p.m. reservation like us were seated at the same time as us but at a much more private booth. We were there first and early and preferred to sit were they were ultimately seated. Plus, it was my 25th birthday:) Instead we end up sitting elbow to elbow with two other couples...no privacy at all for conversation! We understand when we go to a small restaurant that there isn't much privacy but we were basically at the same table as these two coupes!
Alright...let's order. The waiter comes and my husband gives him our appetizer order and the waiter informs us that they are out of the TWO appetizers we wanted to order! First let me mention, when we were handed the menus on the couch while waiting, NOBODY informed us of what was out and what wasn't. I noticed in the middle of our waiting time that some of the items on the menu were in bold lettering and some in light lettering. There was no note on the menu to figure out what this meant by yourself in case the host or waiter forgets to tell you. A menu should be modified completely if the items are not available. It shouldn't be a guessing game and it isn't my job to even ask unless I want to. I told my husband that it looked like the light lettered items on the menu were spicy because all of them were. This changing of the lettering only confuses customers. So...back to when we TRIED to order. Since the two appetizers we wanted were out we quickly settled for the calamari salad. We were so hungry and it was 9:10; we had been there an HOUR! We also went ahead and TRIED to order our entrees and again, both of our items were OUT! We would have NEVER decided on getting ANY of those items if someone would have let us know what was out or how to read their menu. I ended up ordering the Pad Thai with shrimp and my husband gets a Thai Basil and beef dish (I don't remember the name of it sorry).
We wait even longer and FINALLY get our appetizer and what a disappointment. It was supposed to be a calamari salad but there was no salad to be seen! Only fried calamari with a sweet and sour sauce that tasted like it came from a Chinese buffet! At first we thought they forgot to add salad to our appetizer but the couple next to us also settled for the calamari and theirs didn't have any salad either. Well...we were hungry so we ate it. The whole time we waited for our food we whispered to each other about how disappointing the experience was and how we would have preferred cooking to waiting so long for food that we didn't care too much for. The entrees come and we start in at our plates. I liked mine (Pad Thai w/ shrimp)...but I was extremely hungry. Still wasn't a BIG deal though. My husband tried his and hated it. I wished I remembered the name of the dish. He ended up telling the woman who was filling in for the regular manager and she didn't charge us for his plate. She asked if he wanted to try anything else but he was so upset that my birthday dinner ended up being the worst dinner experience we have ever had. Sure the place is gorgeous and the staff didn't charge us for our drinks while we waited, his entree and my birthday dessert...but it was exhausting and the food was not authentically Thai influenced. We have been to some delicious and sophisticated Thai restaurants and this didn't cut it. The birthday dessert they gave me was a piece of dark chocolate cake with a side of homemade mango ice cream. I don't care for chocolate, unlike most women so I gave it to my husband and ordered my own homemade mango ice cream. The homemade mango ice cream was very good but the night was a MESS! Plus...mango ice cream with a slice of rich chocolate cake didn't seem to go well together. Oh, I forgot to mention that they were out of the green tea ice cream too, which was my first choice!
The staff was extremely kind and the place was beautiful, but the food is ultimately the most important part of dining out. We ended up paying $50 bucks plus a tip in the end that seemed like such a waste. We left at 10:25 p.m. and our reservations were for 8:15 p.m. So much for my 25th birthday night! I believe in second chances...but not third and beyond. So I would try it again, but leave at the first sign of disaster. My husband didn't like the food at all (he cooks and is very picky). He doesn't even want to try it again. The upside is that I didn't hate my entree, the drinks were made well, and the place had a nice ambiance.
So tonight we have reservations at Salud Bistro, our trusty and reliable FAVORITE! Maybe I'll convince my husband to give Galangal another try but I'll always remember it as it was when it spoiled my special night. Just being honest.